For those of us who work downtown quite a bit, but not enough to shell out big bucks for a permanent parking space, finding cheap or free parking is a daily quest. And sadly, the very best deal in downtown Fort Worth appears to be coming to an end.
For several years, about a dozen cars per day have been allowed to park for free across from the First United Methodist Church on Fifth Street, on the western edge of downtown just east of Henderson St. The only hitch is that you not park before 9 a.m., to ensure that Fifth Street can accommodate morning rush hour. It's such a popular free-parking zone that normally by 9:05 a.m. each morning all 12 or so spots are accounted for.
Alas, on Monday, the city took the first steps toward installing parking meters along the curbsides. It looks like the meters will be operational by week's end. Sigh ... Anybody got change for a dollar?